A Memphis officer is facing life in prison for robbing local drug dealers to finance his career as a producer in the rap industry.
According to The Commercial Appeal, 31-year-old Arthur Sease IV is currently on trial for sixteen incidents where he is accused of robbing money, drugs and property from local drug dealers to pursue his dream as a rap producer.
Reginald Brown, a Nebraska man who drove to Memphis to buy cocaine in 2004, testified in court today (January 28) that Sease stole $32,000 of drug money from his van after pulling him over.
Brown claimed that Sease put him and a companion in the back of a squad car when he took the money. Brown also claimed that when he confronted Sease about the money, the officer threatened him.
"The safe was gone and the money was gone and I told him 'Officer, you took my money,'" Brown testified. "He pulled his gun half way out and said 'You've got five seconds to get on up the road.'"
Sease is the first of 40 Memphis police officers who are facing charges of public corruption. Sease was fired in 2005 but he continued to rob local drug dealers with fellow officers.
Sease is charged with conspiracy, robbery, civil rights violations, illegal use of weapons, drug possession, extortion and money-laundering. He faces life in prison if convicted.